I was recently listening to Bob Lonsberry, our local conservative morning show radio host. He was explaining that there was money coming in from the Fed for one of our military bases here in Utah. Since Bob is typically against government spending, I was waiting for him to rail against it. However, he proceeded to talk about what a good thing this was: good for the local economy, good for families, good for the military.
If this money had been coming to a local school district, I suspect we would have heard about government waste and over-paid teachers for the next 20 minutes. In conservatism, the military gets a pass while education can never get too little.
This even translates into churches... which are primarily conservative. As we go though our 4th of July weekend, many church services will focus on honoring the military. Not that I mind honoring men and women who have served, but I do take issue with how often churches tend to weave militarism into Christianity. Somehow, they seem to make them go hand in hand.
Also, like morning show Bob, churches tend to be critical and suspicious of education. Days that promote education and schools tend to slip past church notice. Again, mention the military in a church and you will see members lift their chin up and puff out their chest; mention education and you will probablly get furrowed brows and a scowl.